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The Kalmar Nyckel, Wilmington, DE
As quoted in The Blauvelt Family Genealogy compiled by Louis L. Blauvelt and
published by The Association of Blauvelt Descendants, First Generation (1)
Gerrit Hendricksen de blau boer:
Early in November of 1637 two little ships sailed from Gothenburg in Sweden,
the "Fogel Grip" and the "Kalmar Nyckel." They were bound for the "New
World" where a Swedish colony was to be established under the direction of
Pieter Minuet, former governor of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam.
A terrific storm swept the North Atlantic that winter. It nearly wrecked the
two small crafts, and they were forced to put in at Texel, in the
Netherlands, for refitting and repairs.
Kiliaen van Rensselaer had acquired, by grant from the West India Company, a
vast tract of land, approximately 1,400,000 acres, on the banks of the
Hudson River, in the New Netherlands, in Albany. This he was endeavoring to
colonize, and he now had six colonists, and some much needed stores which he
wished to send over. He had long known Pieter Minuet, and on the strength of
his friendship he induced Pieter to take these people and supplies on board
to be delivered at New Amsterdam, and from there to be transported by such
means as offered up the Hudson to Rensselaerwyck.
Finally, on December 31st, the "Kalmar Nyckel" set sail on her long and
weary journey across the Atlantic, bearing Van Rensselaer's six passengers.
One of these was a Dutch boy known only as Gerrit Hendricksen, (Gerrit, son
of Hendrick.) Van Rensselaer said this boy was a shoe maker by trade.
For various reasons "we believe" this 15 year old boy is our Gerrit who came
on board the Kalmar Nyckel, landing at "The Rocks" at Swede's Landing,
Delaware in March 1638.
1778 U.S. Revolutionary War episode on the Cornelius D. Blauvelt farm in
River Vale, NJ
Historic Blauvelt Homes and Places
Octagon House, Montvale NJ
1660 Map of New Amsterdam
The house of Lambert Huybertsen Moll, Gerrit's father-in-law, is at location
Q18. Gerrit's house is beyond the Wall and not shown on the map.
The buildings at D2 and D26 are owned by Gerrit Hendricksen from Harderwyck,
not our ancestor.
Note: the map itself is a large file.
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
and Breakfasts in Rockland County (including Blauvelt, NY)
This site includes a short history of the early Dutch settlement of
the area. It also has a list of historic attractions in the county, many
of which are significant to the Blauvelts, such as DeWint House. In addition,
there are links to similar pages for other neighboring counties, which
also had roles in Blauvelt history.
Ancestry.com has lots of Blauvelt
links. Simply go there and enter "Blauvelt" in the Last name search
field. Lots and Lots of links including Blauvelt family trees, message
boards, etc. Some of the site is not yet
populated, and other parts of it are restricted to paid subscribers. They
solicit GEDCOM formatted family trees, which they add to their freely searchable
Rootsweb.com is another ancestry
site with a few Blauvelt related entries.
GenForum has a
forum dedicated to the family name Blauvelt.
Holland Society of New York
collects information respecting the
settlement and history of New Netherland. Its main objective is to find and
preserve documentation about the lives and times of the Dutch
The Association is proud to support the
New Netherland Project
of the New York State Library.
Do you know other sites with information related to
Blauvelt history, places, or people? Please contact the webmaster
with suggestions for additional links.